11/25/2016 03:49 EST | Updated 11/26/2017 00:12 EST

Final arguments in corruption case of ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum

MONTREAL — Final arguments begin today at the corruption trial of ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum.

The Crown prosecutor is expected to deliver her final remarks to the judge today in a Montreal courtroom, and Applebaum's lawyer will have his turn on Monday.

The longtime Montreal politician has pleaded not guilty to all 14 corruption-related charges, including fraud against the government and breach of trust.

They stem from crimes alleged to have occurred in two separate deals between 2007 and 2010 when he was mayor of Montreal's largest borough.

The Crown alleges Applebaum, who served as interim Montreal mayor between November 2012 and June 2013, accepted cash through a former aide in exchange for favours given to local real estate developers and engineering firms.

Applebaum did not testify or present a defence at his trial, which heard seven days of testimony from Crown witnesses.


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